Chaenomeles hybrids. FLOWERING QUINCE. Eastern Asia
ROSACEAE (Rose family)

An upright shrub, flowering quince is among the earliest campus woody plants to bloom each year
(January to February, before putting out leaves). Some plants have thorns, some are thornless. Leaf stipules are large, kidney-shaped, clasping the stem. 'Stanford Red,' drought tolerant but also accepting regular watering, is commonly planted, and can be seen along Galvez Street and on Campus Drive at the Track House.

Illustrations (links open new windows): habit (1/11/05)

Additions/Revisions: Planted in parking strip for several blocks of Mayfield Ave., south of Campus Drive.

Name derivation, genus | species Greek chainein to split and malea, apple, the fruit was supposed by Thunberg to split into five valves. Carl Thunberg, Flora Japonica (1784). Three spp. of C. from China and Japan: C. speciosa (showy) arrived in Britain in 1784; japonica in 1869; and lastly cathayensis. Originally placed in the genus Pyrus, and often included in Cydonia, its serrate or crenate chartaceous leaves and connate styles distinguish it from Cydonia oblonga. Ref: Bailey, Standard Cycl. of Hort. (1925)

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